Telling Your Multimedia Story Using Free Software Tools
This video is from a meeting of the Capital PC User Group (http://www.cpcug.org) where free software tools for multimedia storytelling were explained. The meeting covered Powerbullet (http://www.powerbullet.com) and Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net)
Run time 53 minutesAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage EnglishContact Information Phil Shapiro
Click on the word QuickTime on the left of the screen, underneath the photo, to view this video.
The meeting was conducted as a "learning by doing" meeting, rather than as a presentation of "canned" materials that had already been created.
Links related to this presentation can be found on the CPCUG web site at
If you'd like to keep track of low-cost and no-cost tools for creating media, two places to follow are
http://unmediated.org and http://del.icio.us/tag/unmediated
Submit your own media creations to del.icio.us, and we can continue learning from each other. Tag your creation: digitalstorytelling (without the space) and/or usergroups computertraining
One of the best ways of keeping track of your favorite del.icio.us tags is to subscribe to those tags using Bloglines (RSS aggregator/reader) or Squeet (email alert service for rss feeds.)
For example, I use Bloglines to subscribe to the digitalstorytelling tag at del.icio.us
The screencasting tag is also well worth subscribing to -
An RSS feed with news about various creative projects I'm involved with can be found at
These projects are some of the things I'm working on in my 20 percent time.
March 25, 2006
Forgot to include production info
I shot the above video using a consumer digital camcorder, the Canon ZR 500, which has a microphone input jack. Without a microphone input jack, the audio from your video can sound quite muffled. The ZR500 sells for under $300. Use Pricegrabber.com to find prices for this camcorder. B&H in New York is a reliable vendor that I've used. Dell Home sometimes has excellent deals on camcorders. (See these deals listed at http://dealmac.com)
I shot the video in 16 x 9 format, which is easily accessed on this camcorder using a single button. Note -- this is not high-resolution video -- just 16 x 9 video.
I used iMovie 05 to edit this video, chosing DV Wide from the almost imperceptible little menu that opens up when you create a new iMovie project.
I exported the video to QuickTime format using these parameters --
Sorenson 3 for video compression codec (so that G3 and other older macs can view this video)
QDesign Music 2 audio codec (at 32 kpbs sound quality)
16 frames per second video (with a keyframe every 160 frames)
400 x 225 pixel dimensions
(I wanted to choose 480 x 270 pixels, but that would have increased the file size too large for this longer-form project.)
If you're putting video on the web and would like it to be redistributed, it's probably best to try to keep each of your video files smaller than 700 megs, so that they can fit on CD-ROM's that people might burn.
The above QuickTime file is about 400 megs in file size.
To view a nice narrated slideshow created using Powerbullet, see
Click on the HTTP at the left of the screen. Then click on Banneker2005. htm
Gracious thanks to all the people at the Internet Archive who provide this valuable web hosting for our community to use.